In this week’s issue:

Review and update your email signature

With the launch of a New Year, now is a good time to review and refresh your email signature for brand consistency. Updated guidelines for Extension email signatures are available on the Extension Style Guide webpage.

Tip: To a.m. or not to a.m.

The university uses Associated Press (AP) style rules to maintain consistency across the university. One of the most commonly misused items is time designations. When listing a range of dates or times, it is preferable to use the word “to” unless space is limited. For example: The party will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Always omit the first a.m. or p.m. if both times are in either the morning or afternoon (e.g., 10 to 11 a.m.). Do not capitalize AM or PM, add a space between the number and a.m. or p.m., and remember to use periods. The editorial style guide is helpful for titles, numbers and other useful information. You might also want to check out this blog post from University Marketing about the Top 10 AP Style Oops.

Apply Now: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

The next quarterly deadline to apply for Extension Professional Development Funds is February 1. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity. For more information, and to apply, visit this webpage.

Seeking Bright Spots for Quarterly Conversation and weekly ConnEXTion

Bright Spots are short, positive highlights shared at the beginning of the Quarterly Conversation and in ConnEXTion to highlight and celebrate the work of Division employees across the state. They can be an impact highlight, a program success story, a partnership, faculty or staff recognition, etc. They can be self-identified, or you are encouraged to recognize a colleague or team effort. If you would like to have your Bright Spot considered for the February 14 Quarterly Conversation, please send your highlight (one sentence please) to Ann Marie Murphy by February 7. For ConnEXTion Bright Spots, please share with Sandy Reichhuber at any time.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The Linn County ‘Forestry and Natural Resources’ focus area is a great example of a county focus area. These are some of the things we love.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events (Corvallis)

Events include a film screening with activist, rapper, producer, writer and director, Boots Riley, and many more. View the full list here:

2020 PRIDE Planning Kickoff event (Eugene)

Join the Eugene community to beginning planning for the 2020 PRIDE Celebration. Help keep up the momentum after record attendance at the 2019 celebration! Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library.

DEI In the News

Pushing back against ‘crisis of empathy’ (Gazette-Times)

That was the message delivered by Raquel Willis on Monday during a lecture titled “Overcoming the Crisis of Empathy,” the keynote address for Oregon State University’s 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

MLK marchers call for action (Democrat-Herald)

It could have been a scene from a 1960s civil rights demonstration: nearly 200 people marching across the Oregon State University campus carrying signs calling for racial equality and singing “We Shall Overcome.”

Exchange Exemplar: The rare black man in early Oregon (Jefferson Public Radio)

The book, from Oregon State University Press, shines light on an obscure corner of Oregon history, as little is known about Saules. 

At UC Irvine, Iranian Students Worry For Their Families (Diverse Issues in Higher Edu)

Many Iranian Americans worry for their families amidst tensions between the United States and Iran – escalated by the targeted killing of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani – and unrest over the Iranian military’s delay in taking responsibility for the Ukrainian airplane crash.


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